History of GIFs
If you haven’t heard of the internet craze and commonly mispronounced term “GIF” chances are you’ve probably seen one. So, what’s a GIF anyway? A GIF in technical terms is simply just an image format, a way to save pictures to conserve space. It stands for Graphic Interchange Format, and it’s pronounced with a soft “g”, like JIF. But GIFs have come a long way from an obscure file format in the 80s to cheesy image clips that made Myspace so famous to becoming one of the most popular internet memes of the social media age. To see the full history of GIfs check out this video.
The Animated GIF
In today’s world of social media and constant sharing of information people have begun to use animated GIFs as a humorous or ironic way to communicate an idea. Animated GIFs are like mini video clips with no sound. They are typically only a few seconds long and “loop” meaning they repeat over and over again. GIFs can be made from nearly any video clip, from popular TV shows to classic movies. To give you a better idea of what an animated GIF is and how to use it we’ve put together 5 of our favorite GIFs.